August 30, 2012
Considered by many to be one of the best third-party mobile browsers available for iOS, Dolphin recently received a major graphical user interface design update and some new features for users.
According to the company's official blog, the developers decided to "polish up" the browser to keep it fresh for users. These updates certainly put a new spin on this user favorite and provide an enhanced appearance and experience over the previous version.
Of the newest changes, there are several that seem to stand out. The browser now features a tab management section, allowing users to navigate between open browser windows more easily. Additionally, the developers rearranged the GUI design, moving the menu bar to the bottom of the screen and having it hide when the user is scrolling to maximize screen space.
Additionally, users typing into the address bar now get an auto-complete function similar to auto-correct, which makes suggestions based on the user's browsing history and likely matches. With an updated color scheme and new buttons, the app seems to have an entirely different feel.
There are many other new features that improve overall usability of the browser, from being able to open new windows in the background to easier copying of URLs. Overall, these features are designed to improve navigation and functionality without altering the user experience in a negative way.
One feature that got a major update is Dolphin's "speed dial." Users can customize their homepage with their favorite sites, and now those sites appear with a pleasant circular icon for easier tapping. The new look also helps users distinguish between the icons more easily, improving general usability.
According to AppAdvice, these new updates make Dolphin a much stronger browser choice for iPhone owners, and the newest version will make good competition against Safari, Chrome and other browser options.
Between its new look and enhanced functionality, Dolphin is catering to the ever-increasing sensibilities of mobile users, where speed and ease of use outweigh fancy features and gimmicks.